CEO - Susan Chalmers-Gauvin
ARTISTIC DIRECTOR – Igor Dobrovolskiy
It is essential for youth to begin their training with a qualified and professional group of educators. At the School of Atlantic Ballet, we strongly believe that the connection between youth development and the arts is best fostered through a direct relationship with professional artists and educators.



Yuliia Shevchenko
Ballet/ Dance DIVISION, Intermediate Level 1, Advanced ballet

Yuliia Shevchenko was born in Kiev, Ukraine. She began her dance training at the age of five and continued her ballet studies at the Kiev State Ballet Academy. After graduation, she joined the State Theatre of Opera and Ballet for Children and Youth in Kiev. Yullia worked throughout Europe as a professional ballet dancer. Her extensive contemporary, classical and character dance repertoire included: The Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, Harlequinade, Romeo and Juliet, Sacred Spring, Pushkin, Casanova, Carmina Burana, Carmen, Four Seasons, Giselle, and Rasputin, in which she had leading and solo roles. In 2002, after giving birth to her daughter Nikita, she joined the Atlantic Ballet Theatre of Canada​. Following her extensive professional ballet career, Yuliia has dedicated her time to teaching and youth development. She has been a ballet teacher and choreographer at ballet schools and instructor and artistic consultant for rhythmic gymnastics groups in Europe and Canada. As well, she has offered ballet master classes, workshops and summer schools in British Columbia, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and Labrador, and New Brunswick. Over the last four years Yuliia also contributed her talents to District 2 high school production as a choreographer. She choreographed for the musicals Fame (2007), Footloose (2009), Beauty and The Beast (2009), Into the Woods (2009), Grease the Musical (2010) and The King and I (2011).



Eldiyar Daniyarov

Intermediate Level 2, Contemporary & Character 

Eldiyar joined Atlantic Ballet Theatre of Canada in 2012. Prior to coming to Canada he was dancing as a soloist with the prestigious Eifman Ballet of St Petersburg. He trained and graduated from the esteemed Kazakh National Academy of Arts and went on as a principal dancer with the National Academic Ballet of the Republic of Kazakhstan, the Center of Contemporary Dance and the Crown of Russian Ballet Moscow. Eldiyar also has a degree in Teaching and Choreography from the National Academy of Art in Almaty, Kazakhstan.

Olga Petiteau
Pre-Primary Ballet, Elementary & Acrobatics 

Olga Petiteau trained at the Académie américaine de danse de Paris. In 2007, she was a finalist at the Youth America Grand Prix competition in New York. She joined Ballet Cymru in 2009, where she performed on national and international tours.  She has also been involved in the creation and inception of many neoclassical and contemporary pieces. Olga danced with Vienna Festival Ballet for one season in 2012 and joined Les Ballets classiques de Paris for their international tour. In 2014, she brilliantly interpreted the role of Edith Piaf in Atlantic Ballet Theatre of Canada’s original production.


Stéphanie Audet
Primary, Pre-Ballet, Adult Ballet


Born in Montreal, Stéphanie began her training at l’École supérieure de Ballet du Québec.  During her training, Stéphanie had the chance to perform the Balanchine repertory, as well as Swan Lake. She has also been involved in many contemporary new works. This is her second season dancing with Atlantic Ballet Theatre of Canada. In last year’s premiere of PIAF by Igor Dobrovolskiy, she danced the part of Simone “Mômone” Berteaut. Stéphanie has also performed in GHOSTS OF VIOLENCE and PHANTOM OF THE OPERA with the Company.


Yuriko Diyanova
 Advanced ballet

A professional dancer of Atlantic Ballet Theatre of Canada since 2003, Yuriko Diyanova left a career as a classical soloist in Japan, to join Atlantic Ballet Theatre of Canada. A prizewinner at several ballet competitions, she has an extensive classical repertoire which includes principal and soloist roles. She has extensive teaching experience in ballet having taught professional classes Japan. A favorite with audiences wherever she dances, Yuriko earned critical notice for her performance as Merlin’s mother in the Company’s third original ballet of the same name. Other roles with the Company include: Marcelina in Figaro, “The Girlfriend” in Les Portes Tournantes, and Mozart’s first love in Amadeus. She dances as one of “The Ladies” in Don Juan, performs as a “Messenger” in King Lear and as Marcellina in Fidelio.


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Laura-Beth Bird is an emerging theatre and film artist based in Fredericton New Brunswick. She graduated from St. Thomas University, New Brunswick in 2017 with a degree in English with a focus in Drama. She then went on to complete the Catapult program through ArtsNB. She is the founder and producer of Grey Rabbit Theatre Co. Recent work include: Sania the Destroyer and Gretel and Hansel (Theatre New Brunswick Young Company) A Life of Galileo (Theatre St. Thomas) Cymbeline and The Comedy of Errors (Bard in the Barracks), The Dangers of Geothermal Heating (NotaBle Acts Theatre Festival) Thieves of Paradise- What’s Next Festival (Theatre St. Thomas) and Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead (Theatre St. Thomas).
Recently Laura-Beth has turned her attention to learning the secrets of film production. She has appeared on screen in Entropic Fictive Films, Glitter Tracy Lavigne, Infinity Land Creeker Films, March 2.4 Rebel Femme Productions. Behind the scenes on The Amazing Race Canada: Hero’s Edition, Chase 6 Productions and When We Were Young, Steam Powered Productions and many, many more.
Laura-Beth has also worked as an arts educator specializing in youth education, including work at the Beaverbrook Art Gallery and St. Thomas University.

Laura-Beth Bird
Theatre Director

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Emiliya Trefilova
Musical Direction


Emiliya was born in the Komi Republic in Russia.

She began her music training at the age of 10 and continued her development of music at the Syktyvkar Art school for gifted children with the support of the head of the Republic. After graduating from  school, Emiliya entered the College of arts at the faculty of choral conducting. For 4 years, she practiced conducting and managing the choir, practicing with children and adult students. After graduation she entered the Popov Choral Academy which is world famous in Europe and America on the faculty of  Solo academic vocal. While studying at the Academy 5 years, Emiliya received a lot of practice in solo singing and in choral singing. Constant tours with concerts led by world-famous musicians were very successful and extremely valuable practices. Europe, South America, North America, Asia, Russia and other countries were visited by the band in which she sang. During the training period, Emiliya participated in various competitions in which she received the highest awards. Master classes in Solo singing during her training period and after were just as valuable to. A necessary skill in the work before moving to Canada was teaching students to Solo singing with students of different ages. 


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Irina Olkinitskaya
AAS instructor


Irina was born in Chişinău, Moldova. When she was 20 years old Irina moved to Moscow, Russia where she met her future husband.

After several years of studies in the Moscow State Pedagogical College and then in the Moscow Humanitarian Pedagogical Institute she obtained a Master’s Degree in Pedagogy and Methodology of Early Childhood Education.

In 2012 Irina and her family moved to Canada, when her youngest child was 2 years old and her oldest was 10. From their first years in Moncton all four children were involved in different programs and performances at the School of Atlantic Ballet, and in 2018 Irina joined the School herself as an Arts and Crafts teacher.

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Ghayda Al-Sharbati
AAS instructor


Ghayda Al-Sharbati is a teacher in sport education. She taught students and gave university lectures in Iraq for several years, then moved to Dubai, United Arab Emirate where she was involved in education. Ten years later, in 2013, she moved to Canada with her family. There she gained experience in After-school programs and had the opportunity to work with Canadian schools through the Anglophone East School district. She is now proud to be a staff member of the School of Atlantic Ballet, where she helps the program to keep going forward at any circumstances, and provide only the best for her students.